Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nebraska farmers return land to Native American tribe, Parkland students join Chicagoans to march against gun violence, audio recordings of children separated from their parents at the border, and more.

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In ‘historic’ move, Nebraska farmers return land to the Ponca tribe to block Keystone XL

In what could be a major blow to the construction of Keystone XL, a Nebraska farm couple has returned a portion of ancestral land to the Ponca Tribe. Now TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe.

11,000 Puerto Ricans are still without power

Just a reminder, as the mainstream media moves on to other things, there are still 11,000 people in Puerto Rico without power.

Parkland students join Chicagoans to march against gun violence

“Young people are rising up, from the north to the south, to the east, to the west. They are taking action…Either support our young people or get out of the way.” Student survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, along with musicians Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson, joined hundreds of others on the streets on the South Side of Chicago to call for an end to gun violence both in the city and across the nation.

A veteran cartoonist is fired for making fun of Trump

Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border

Protestors in Portland have blockaded an ICE building in protest of children being separated from their families at the border

Poverty rampant, Puerto Rico destroyed, Single Payer “too expensive,” and Flint still doesn’t have clean water. But you can have Space Force!

President Donald Trump made the demand for more weapons sound not only ridiculous but also implicitly racist on Monday when he announced a new branch of the military – Space Force. Trump claims the new branch of the military will work on “reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring nation.”

Millions lack food, housing, and healthcare, but 38 Democrats just joined GOP to spend $716 billion on endless war and empire

Had the Pentagon’s budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress “could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over.”

As Bernie Sanders stated: “We cannot spend more on our military than the next 10 nations combined while millions of Americans do not have food and housing and healthcare. It’s about time we got our national priorities right. That is why I voted against spending $716 billion on the military today.”

Unfortunately, Bernie’s vote wasn’t enough to defeat the spending proposal.

Want to fight back? Mass mobilization planned for June 30 to protest Trump’s cruel separation of families

The planned demonstration is expected to include more than 100 actions in cities and towns across the country as well as a march on Washington, D.C. Groups involved in planning the demonstrations include the ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

This week Dewayne “Lee” Johnson takes center stage in a global debate over the safety of one of the world’s most widely used pesticides as he takes Monsanto to court on claims that repeated exposure to the company’s popular Roundup herbicide left him with terminal cancer.

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